Nurses at 2 NY hospitals ratify contracts


Mount Sinai’s agreement also includes a 19% increase over three years; wall-to-wall safe staffing ratios for all units, new staffing enforcement language; potential financial penalties if the hospital doesn’t uphold staffing ratios; and preserved health care benefits.

According to NYSNA, which represents about 17,000 nurses in the city and 42,000 statewide, the nurses finished voting on their contracts on Wednesday at Mount Sinai and Friday at Montefiore. In both groups of nurses, 98% voted to ratify their contracts.

NYSNA president Nancy Hagans said it will take time for the standards in the contracts to go into effect, and that the provisions will become the new standards enforceable by the state Department of Health.

Of the 12 private hospitals where NYSNA nurses began negotiating new contracts in September, only Interfaith Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center remain in the bargaining stage.

This story first appeared in Crain’s New York Business.

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